WD1001FALS is 2 platters?

provoko

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Just confirming: The WD1001FALS is 1TB HDD with 2x 500gb platters, correct?

Thank you.
 

Lateralus

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So WD made only 1 HDD that has 500gb platters, that's kind of strange.

Yeah, sort of surprised that they haven't done 2 x 500GB platters in the 1TB Black/Green models yet. Putting 2 platters in the 1TB Black would make it more competitive with the Samsung F3.
 

m0rn

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Yeah, sort of surprised that they haven't done 2 x 500GB platters in the 1TB Black/Green models yet. Putting 2 platters in the 1TB Black would make it more competitive with the Samsung F3.

I was originally aiming for the Samsung because of the platter size and the fact that it runs cooler and quieter, but like a jackass I went with the WD Black because of a sale. The WD is one annoying bugger, the idle seek noises are driving me nuts.

Now I wanna try to rid myself of the WD and get the samsung without much of a loss.
 

Impulse

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333GB? Weird, so they actually make 333GB platters and 320GB platters? (those in the 320/640GB drives) Or am I overlooking some obvious drive size/formatting issue?
 

baneonrt

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That article linked is over 18 months old. WD is well known for changing platter configurations without changing the model number.

With that said, does anybody know if the newer 1TB black drives have gone to 500GB platters yet? I've tried searching for part numbers but have come up empty so far.

I guess you could guarantee getting 500GB platters by buying the new WD1002FAEX drive.

Steve
 

epimetheus

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333GB? Weird, so they actually make 333GB platters and 320GB platters? (those in the 320/640GB drives) Or am I overlooking some obvious drive size/formatting issue?

Don't quote me on this, but I've always thought the 320/640GB drives have the 333GB/platter density with the head movement limited to 320GB. From a manufacturering standpoint, this would make the most since.
 

gigabyte1024

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Don't quote me on this, but I've always thought the 320/640GB drives have the 333GB/platter density with the head movement limited to 320GB. From a manufacturering standpoint, this would make the most since.

this is my understanding as well.
 

baneonrt

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I just bought a WD1001FALS manufactured Dec 2009 and it seems to be 3 platter.

Steve
 

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I was originally aiming for the Samsung because of the platter size and the fact that it runs cooler and quieter, but like a jackass I went with the WD Black because of a sale. The WD is one annoying bugger, the idle seek noises are driving me nuts.

Now I wanna try to rid myself of the WD and get the samsung without much of a loss.

I've got 3 1TB Black drives, 2 internal and 1 external and the external doesn't make that much noise.
 

provoko

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That article linked is over 18 months old. WD is well known for changing platter configurations without changing the model number.

With that said, does anybody know if the newer 1TB black drives have gone to 500GB platters yet? I've tried searching for part numbers but have come up empty so far.

I guess you could guarantee getting 500GB platters by buying the new WD1002FAEX drive.

Steve

So far I haven't found any. I haven't gone on a hard drive hunt in the past 2 weeks, but I haven't seen anything in tech news.
 

baneonrt

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I weighed my Dec 09 drive against another 1TB black drive made in Feb 09 and they are identical. Also it is significantly heavier than my 640GB black drive. It's not proof, but I think it's likely that it's a 3 platter drive.

I have a WD1002FAEX that will be here today from Amazon also.

Steve
 

[LYL]Homer

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I weighed my Dec 09 drive against another 1TB black drive made in Feb 09 and they are identical. Also it is significantly heavier than my 640GB black drive. It's not proof, but I think it's likely that it's a 3 platter drive.

1tb of data just weighs more than 640gb.
 

baneonrt

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[LYL]Homer;1035345904 said:
1tb of data just weighs more than 640gb.

Hmmm, the 640GB drive was nearly full though compared to the fresh out of the box 1TB. Then again consider that that same 640GB drive recently took a suicide jump off my desk thus necessitating my involvement in this discussion in the first place.

:)

Steve
 

FrgMstr

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When in doubt, ask the manufacturer.

Currently, the WD1001FALS is a three platter drive. It could change over time as we don’t necessarily switch product model numbers based on platter count.
 

mr_sativa

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Imma get me a pair of these! Thanks guys for confirmation that its a 2 platter drive. 64mb cache *drool*
 
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